Saturday, December 20, 2014
One of my goals for between and during BLC rounds is to try new things. So far this has included adding Doonya to my fitness routine choices. Doonya is Bollywood dance inspired fitness. I love to dance, and I have to say that so far I am finding it challenging. I treated myself to the Cardio Dancing and Core DVD. I couldn't make it all the way through the first time, but I'm determined to today.
I noticed that they have a 12 days of Doonya: to keep you healthy for the holidays - FREE. doonya.com/2014/11/25/the-12-days-of
But what this post was really meant to be about was tracking. I usually don't have an issue including exercise. It is an important part of my physical/mental health, but tracking my food has always proven to be a little more challenging. I don't know if it is an organization thing - planning ahead - or a rebellious streak. Still, I am committing to tracking (and staying in range) at least three days a week. I set this goal for myself because it was doable, and I figured it was a start. However, I just read an interesting piece in Prevention:
Write (Some of It) Down
Food journaling boosts the weight loss power of exercise but it can get boring fast. Luckily, a recent study shows that you don't have to catalog every meal: Women who aimed for 3 days of journaling a week throughout a year lost more weight than those who journaled less frequently. Source: Obesity Journal.
So, it looks like I'm on the right path. I met my goal of three days of tracking this week. Actually I managed four.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sometimes life throws us a curve ball, and that's what I'm dealing with at the moment. I was exercising, eating well, maintaining, and then suddenly I had a health issue to deal with (which is still being investigated). It has led to my losing weight, but not in the way I had hoped. So I am presently lower than my goal range, and I have been exercising... not at all... unless you count taking the dog for a couple of walks a day. So my goals for this round will be a little different than in past rounds.
I am looking to get back to a healthy weight range, which for me will be between 133-137lbs. At the moment, I'm about 128.
I've lost a lot of muscle/tone over the past three months, so I'd like to start slowly again with my strength training and build up. I'd like to include at least two strength training sessions a week.
I'd also like to start to incorporate cardio again. It is good for both my physical and mental health. I would like to aim for at least three cardio sessions a week of at least 20 minutes. This could include walking briskly on my treadmill, or Zumba, or step or....
I'd like to include one yoga or meditation session a week to help deal with stress.
I haven't had much interest in food and eating, so I haven't been cooking as much as I used to. I'd like to get back to that. I'd like to make two dinners a week vegetarian.
I'd like to get back to drinking six to eight glasses of water a day.
I'm hoping that I will feel a lot better by the end of this round than I am at the beginning.
Monday, January 13, 2014
I am still in my maintenance range (top end). For this round, I am looking to get to the bottom of that range (135) or perhaps even a couple of pounds lower: cushion pounds for an upcoming trip. Just as importantly, I'd like to tighten and tone. I continue to work on managing stress (always seeking balance) and improving nutrition. So.... To help me achieve these goals, I have come up with the following action plan:
Restart my C25K program - aiming for two runs a week.
Include two strength training sessions a week.
Make three dinners a week vegetarian.
Include one yoga or meditation session a week.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Get at least thirty minutes of exercise each day.
Do at least ten minutes of organizing a day.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
BLC22 was successful for me: seeing me reach my goal weight of 140. This round, I would like to maintain. 140 would be at the high end of my range, and 135 at the low end. I guess that 137/138 would be ideal.
In addition to maintaining my weight, I would also like to continue to add muscle tone. I'd like more definition in my upper body, and a little more in my lower. So, more strength training for me. I am dealing with a shoulder injury that I hope to begin to resolve this round. The plan is to visit the doctor to look at alternatives. I could also work with an excellent personal trainer I have used in the past. I'll maintain my cardio, as it is both a calorie burner and a stress reducer/energizer. I'll continue to get up early each morning to ensure that I fit my exercise in.
Last round, I set a goal of tracking my food at least four days a week. I actually tracked consistently for five. Even though I am looking at maintaining, I think I should continue with this approach.
I still need to work on getting enough water each day. I'm aiming for 9 glasses, or three of the large cup I carry around all day.
I'd like to get back to paper and pen journaling as a healthy way to deal with stress.
I'd like to explore a new hobby. I'm thinking learning a language.
I'd like to spend a few minutes each day de-cluttering. An organized house would add to my peace.
Monday, July 08, 2013
I felt the need to update my progress with BLC 22 so far. I am doing well - meeting my exercise and tracking goals and losing weight at the pace I hoped to (roughly a pound a week). At this rate, I will achieve my goal by the end of the challenge, and it is my long term goal - not a step on the way. I will be ready to go back to maintenance. Sweet! Right?
Here's were the bitter comes in. As I opened my blog to post this, I saw my introduction: "Maintaining". For over two years I maintained my goal weight. Actually, I was, at one point, quite a bit under goal: 133 pounds. (I've decided that, that was a little too low for me.) I thought that I had finally ended the yo-yo cycle. Somehow, I let the weight creep back on until I found myself with 10-15 pounds to lose... again.
Still, I will give myself some credit for not letting it get to the 25-30 pounds of the past. I will give myself credit for the weight I have lost since joining BLC22 (about 5 pounds). I will recommit to learning to maintain my goal weight once I again achieve it.
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